Grand Tour Marble Bust of Octavian 'Augustus Caesar' as a Boy, Italy, circa 1810 For Sale
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Grand Tour Marble Bust of Octavian 'Augustus Caesar' as a Boy, Italy, circa 1810

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This neoclassical bust of young Octavian, or Augustus, shows the adopted heir of Julius Caesar. It was most likely sculpted circa 1810 in the studio of Antonio Canova, which operated 1757-1822. It is a copy of a sculpture in the Vatican galleries that was long thought to have been an excavated Roman sculpture but is now widely considered to also be the work of Canova in the late 18th century. Another copy of this bust is owned by the Smithsonian. The hand carved marble bust is separate from its base, but sits securely on it. The marble has a lovely creamy patina. The old repair on Octavian's right lower chest (viewer's left) adds to the sense of antiquity, but this is definitely not an ancient Roman artifact.  

Details

  • Condition Details
    Wear typically associated with age. Cracks and old repairs on one side of lower chest. Small chip on one shoulder.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages.
  • Dimensions
    H 21 in. x W 11 in. x D 8.5 in.H 53.34 cm x W 27.94 cm x D 21.59 cm
  • Seller Location
    Alexandria, VA
  • Seller Reference Number
    9420AP
  • Reference Number
    LU869914351182
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